Shelly Roark said she knew her story for children about how God hears prayers would be a success when she read it to her own three children.
“They were quiet and still and they were listening to me,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is a winner.’”
That story is now the book “The Bubble that Would Not Pop!”
Little Lamb Books is set to release the illustrated book on Sept. 28.
The Scroll, 2209 S. Broadway Ave., will sponsor a launch party 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 16 during which Roark will be available to talk about and sign copies of the book.
“I am so excited,” the Tyler author said of her first effort into Christian children’s literature. “This has been such an unexpected blessing in my life.”
The story for children ages 5 to 8, came out of her work in children’s ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler.
“That God hears our prayers is a message that I teach,” she said. “I teach kids that God always hears our prayers and knows our needs.”
She said she chose to tell the story through the character of a bubble because children love playing with bubbles.
In the book, a little girl gives Billy the bubble the mission of floating to heaven to deliver God her prayer.
“It’s very important,” the little girl tells the bubble.
On his flight upward, Billy works hard to avoid dangers so he can fulfill his mission.
Once Billy is high into the clouds the voice of God tells him that he has already heard the little girl’s prayer and sends Billy back down.
As Billy at long last pops, the little girl realizes that God has indeed heard her prayer.
“When you work with kids, you have to be simple, direct and creative,” she said. “The important thing is to present truths they can understand.”
She said the lesson is a starting point that parents can use to build Christian faith in their children.
The illustrations of artist Simone Krueger help tell the story.
“She brought the story to life in a way that made me fall in love all with it all over again,” Roark said.
A graduate of Baylor University, Roark has spent much of her life telling stories. She has worked as a journalist and for nonprofit organizations.
She said she has other faith-building stories for children to share and plans to continue working with Little Lamb Books, an independent publisher based in Bedford.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Book Launch Party for “The Bubble that Would Not Pop!”
WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16
WHERE: The Scroll, 2209 S. Broadway Ave.